Strata’s New Geotechnical Software Focuses on GRS Design

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The recently launched StrataPro™ geotechnical software platform from Strata Systems, Inc. is a welcomed addition to the tools engineers can use to improve GRS design. Geosynthetically reinforced soil structures can improve the sustainability, economics, and safety of infrastructure, but they require significant care in planning and material selection. Programs such as StrataPro provide that suppor... »

FHWA Limit Equilibrium Design Framework for MSE Structures

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The innovative performance of geosynthetic reinforcement materials has led to mechanically stabilized earth walls and slopes becoming a mainstay of modern infrastructure—particularly with highways and commercial development. However, agreement is not so easy to find on the design framework best suited to consistent long-term performance and safe engineering and construction. Failures are rare, but... »

Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls

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During Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 in Orlando, the Technical Committee – Geosynthetics from ASCE’s Geo-Institute will hold a special working committee meeting on Design Frameworks for Geosynthetic-Reinforced Walls. The gathering is certain to draw attention, promoting discussion at the conference and providing potential and highly beneficial input to future designs. Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 tak... »

IGS-NA/NCMA Segmental Retaining Wall Best Practices Webinar

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IGS North America (The North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society: IGS-NA) and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) are co-hosting an October 26 webinar. The topic: Segmental Retaining Wall Best Practices. The session will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 pm (EDT) and is worth 1.5 PDHs. Scott Vollmer, P.E. (Oldcastle) will serve as the instructor. He brings an extensive ... »

VIDEO: Geocell Solutions for Mining Applications

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Load support, slope remediation, stormwater control, and vegetated retaining walls: these are all mining applications for which highly effective, extremely durable, and easy-to-implement geocell solutions are available. Presto Geosystems’ video demonstrates some of the most common uses for the GEOWEB® Geocell System in the mining industry. These geocellular confinement systems are providing cost-s... »

South Africa: Road Expansion with MSE Walls

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By Kaytech – When a major roadway upgrade was approved for the city of Ballito, KZN Province, South Africa, mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls were essential to the project’s success. The scope of works entailed the expansion of an undivided two-lane road into a three-lane divided road. MSE walls were needed to bring the extra lanes to level, due to the site’s undulating topography. B... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Hotel Deadline Extended to March 15

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Save USD $200/night at the GeoAmericas 2016 hotel! Organizers for the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics have announced an extension on the conference rate for rooms at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Get this amazing rate through March 15. Use the booking link via the venue page on the GeoAmericas website to get the special room reservation code. Please use the Loews’ secure online r... »

Hotel Best Rate Ends March 9 for GeoAmericas

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More than 40 countries are represented in the early registrations for GeoAmericas 2016, the 3rd Pan-American Conference on Geosynthetics. The event organizers remind attendees that the best rate for rooms at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel ends March 9. All GeoAmericas 2016 activities—sessions, lectures, exhibit hall, social events—will take place at the Loews, which is situated on Miami’s historic So... »

Retaining Walls Program at GeoAmericas 2016

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When GeoAmericas 2016 convenes in Miami, April 10 – 13, it will feature a robust retaining walls program. The related short courses, panel discussions, training lectures, and retaining walls program papers are listed below. Additionally, wall, embankment, and slope sector participants will have access to more than 100 affiliated engineering and construction presentations and an exhibit hall ... »

GeoAmericas 2016 Features GeoPrediction Competition

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The Young Professionals Program at GeoAmericas 2016 has announced its GeoPrediction Competition. This team-based event will focus on predicting the face displacement of an MSE wall constructed with poorly draining backfill. The objective of the GeoPrediction Competition is to develop an accurate prediction of the behavior of a geotechnical system involving geosynthetics, given detailed information... »

Tensar Sets New Benchmark for Its Reinforced Slope Heights in UK

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By Tensar International – For a new retail distribution warehouse in Crick, Northamptonshire, Tensar International designed and provided products for a 15m-high slope. The TensarTech® GreenSlope® Earth Retaining System installation is now the highest single lift, reinforced slope that the company has designed in the United Kingdom. Designed to match the ground level of the site’s boundaries ... »

Geogrids reinforcing the growth of Pardis near Tehran

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Pardis, which is situated on the east side of Tehran, is a fast-growing community of 40,000. Multiple technology, manufacturing, and services businesses have come into the area, and that has prompted a strong demand for new residential structures. The current phase of development in Pardis is targeting a capacity of 100,000 residents, making this one of the anchors to the eastern development of Te... »

Seeking Employment: Sr. Sales, Business Development, and Marketing Executive

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CLASSIFIED: Seeking Employment. Charles Hall, an executive with 20+ years of experience and strong performance, is seeking a new position. His experience includes significant sales growth and marketing and business development leadership in the geosynthetics field. Most recently, he worked with Fiberweb, helping deliver strong growth ahead of the company’s acquisition by PGI. The acquisition, howe... »

Tensar Corporation Acquired by Castle Harlan

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ATLANTA – Tensar Corporation, the global leader in geosynthetic site development technology, announced today that it has been acquired by Castle Harlan, Inc., a New York-based middlemarket private equity firm. “By inventing and bringing to market superior cost and technically performing soil and pavement stabilization solutions, Tensar Corporation, through its Tensar International Corporatio... »

AUSTRALIA: Retaining and Hydraulic Structures Seminars

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From May 13 – May 22, Geofabrics Australasia is sponsoring an educational seminar series on “Retaining & Hydraulic Structures.” The event will be held in four cities and include expert instruction from Marco Vicari (Italy), who will share nearly 20 years of experience in pavements, river training works, and reinforced soil structures. Dates and locations are noted below. DOWNLOAD THE EVENT FLY... »

Muros de Solo Reforçado – Arrancamento de Reforços de Fitas

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Por John Sankey e Robert Lozano – Normas técnicas para reforços discretos de fitas utilizadas em muros de solo reforçado,  elaboradas no âmbito dos códigos da AASHTO, identificaram um método para avaliar o arrancamento de reforço de fitas metálicas nervuradas por meio de valores padrão e conservadores utilizando um termo de fator de atrito identificado como f*. Uma base similar de valores pa... »

Strata Acquires 50% Equity in Geo Solucões, Ltda.

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Cumming, GA, USA – (Oct. 1, 2013) Today, Strata Systems, Inc., a Glen Raven company and manufacturer and marketer of soil reinforcement products, announced its acquisition of 50% of the equity in Geo Solucões Ltda. of Brazil. With offices in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Geo Solucões Ltd. is a Brazilian geotechnical solutions company that designs and builds advanced soil reinforcement structures i... »

Pullout Performance of Strip Reinforcements for MSE Walls

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By John Sankey and Robert Lozano – For discrete reinforcing strips used in MSE walls, standards developed under the AASHTO codes have identified a method for evaluating pullout of ribbed steel reinforcements through conservative default values using a friction factor term identified as f*. A similar default basis for polymeric reinforcing strips is not available in AASHTO; only values meant ... »

“Koerner’s Korner” on MSE Wall Failures

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“Koerner’s Korner” returns! Dr. Robert Koerner of the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) shares updates on and insight from GSI’s work. In this installment, he discusses MSE wall failures and the new GSI webinar series–the first four sessions of which address MSE wall design and performance issues. – Geosynthetica ** It is generally known that there have been a number... »